Currently, in the Indian automotive market, there are a ton of options in the electric scooter segment but not many electric motorcycle options exist. So to bank on the growing demand for electric motorbikes, the Bangalore-based Ultraviolette Automobiles unveiled its fully electric F77 bike late last year. But since then we have not heard much about the bike apart from a short testing video released in April of this year until now. Recently to commemorate the occasion of our nation’s 75th Independence day, Ultravoilette hosted an exclusive test ride of its high-performance electric motorcycle, F77, with India’s pilot community.
Prior to the F77’s scheduled commercial launch in India, Ultravoilette organized the test rides at the TAAL airfield in Belagondanahalli, Tamil Nadu to highlight the F77’s features and performance as well as to provide pilots with an up-close look at the production-ready F77. During the event, the company announced that it will begin offering public test drives of this product in early September of this year. The company further continued by saying that it has received over 65,000 pre-order inquiries from 190 different nations and it plans to make its official launch at the end of the year.
Meanwhile speaking in the event, Narayan Subramaniam, Co-founder and CEO of Ultraviolette, said, “Today is a momentous occasion and marks a significant milestone for us at Ultraviolette, as we roll out our very first external test ride with an elite group of experienced pilots from India’s aviation community. Over the last few years, we have spent endless hours perfecting the F77 across all aspects of design, vehicle engineering, performance, safety, and user experience.”
Furthermore, he also added, “The feedback that we have received from this test ride has been overwhelming and we couldn’t be happier that we had the opportunity to interact and learn from a community that we have been deeply inspired by.”
Late last year the company showcased the F77 electric motorcycle in three different versions. The F77 Lightning, F77 Shadow, and F77 Laser are namely the three iterations that will become available for sale in the country.The company claims that the F77 is India’s fastest electric motorcycle. Its maximum speed is 147 kmph. The F77 is entirely different from other electric motorcycles or scooters that we currently have in the market.
The F77 is powered by a 27 kW electric motor that generates 90 Nm. This makes the F77 a lot more powerful than any other electric motorcycle in the Indian market. The base variant of the electric motorcycle is claimed to offer a real-world riding range of 150 kms. The brand is likely to offer two sets of battery packs for the motorcycle. One would offer the 150 kms range while the other would offer more and will be offered in higher variants.
According to the company, the F77 is actually equivalent to many 300-cc petrol motorcycles. The F77 can reach 100 kmph from a complete stop in 7.5 seconds and can accelerate from 0 to 60 kmph in just 2.9 seconds. A decently sized fully digital TFT instrument cluster controlled by Switches on the handlebar is one of the highlights of the bike. The instrument cluster has OTA update capability and supports Bluetooth, and both the front and rear brakes on the motorcycle are disc brakes.